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Old 11-06-23, 05:11 PM
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A nice rider quality set of Superleggera pedals from @Brewsmith to replace my old ones on the Paramount. I broke the toe tab off my right one some 40 or so years back.

It'll be interesting to see if I can breathe some life into the Bindas. They're flexier than the ones in my bin...
THose are my favorite luggage tiedowns!
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It'll be interesting to see if I can breathe some life into the Bindas. They're flexier than the ones in my bin...
Even with the Alfredo stamp on 'em I'd think neatsfoot oil'd be better than olive for those....
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Finally found an acceptable Arabesque 600 GS. I've been collecting the bits for a "Japanese farse retro" build. I wanted center pulls, so I have a set of Tourneys as place holders if I can't find Dura Aces's. Still need to find a compact crankset that will blend in...


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Originally Posted by bark_eater
I wanted center pulls, so I have a set of Tourneys as place holders if I can't find Dura Aces's.
Maybe these? They've been on CL for quite a while, so maybe the seller will entertain offers.

https://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/b...675554807.html
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Originally Posted by smontanaro
Maybe these? They've been on CL for quite a while, so maybe the seller will entertain offers.

https://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/b...675554807.html
I'm not convinced that the Dura Ace brakes are functionally an improvement over Tourney center pulls. Definitely more farcical, but not $100 more farcical.. at the most worth $20 in farce bucks..
Thank you though.

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Originally Posted by bark_eater
I'm not convinced that the Dura Ace brakes are functionally an improvement over Tourney center pulls. Definitely more farcical, but not $100 more farcical.. at the most worth $20 in farce bucks..
Thank you though.
I am fairly sure they were the same brakes. The Dura Ace version may or may not have had a nicer finish, but I wouldn't bother. The Tourney's work just fine.
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I wanted another Dia Compe ENE front rack. They fit on several, if not most, centerpull calipers, and I am very happy with the one I have. And they are somewhat affordable, at least compared to other good-looking front rack alternatives.

They are getting harder to find, I noticed. Most suppliers seem to be out of stock. Anyway, I finally found a couple in Germany, which I received today:

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One more Arabesque tangent... My knees prefer compact crank gearing. I've got a 110 bcd Super Maxy crank set as a place holder, but I think a Sugino 106 bcd Maxy crankset would be a good analog for the 3 pin Shimano 600 touring crankset. So far I have a NOS drive side 106 crank arm and a couple beat inner rings. Not a high priority, but I check for rings every time I get to a coop.
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Originally Posted by bark_eater
One more Arabesque tangent... My knees prefer compact crank gearing. I've got a 110 bcd Super Maxy crank set as a place holder, but I think a Sugino 106 bcd Maxy crankset would be a good analog for the 3 pin Shimano 600 touring crankset. So far I have a NOS drive side 106 crank arm and a couple beat inner rings. Not a high priority, but I check for rings every time I get to a coop.
106 BCD chainrings are really hard to find in smaller sizes. If you want to go smaller than the 110 BCD 34T minimum, I'd suggest an 86 (SR, Stronglight) or a 50.4 (TA, Stronglight, Nervar, amongst others) BCD crankset. Rings for those are still being made, and a lot easier to find.
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Originally Posted by non-fixie
106 BCD chainrings are really hard to find in smaller sizes. If you want to go smaller than the 110 BCD 34T minimum, I'd suggest an 86 (SR, Stronglight) or a 50.4 (TA, Stronglight, Nervar, amongst others) BCD crankset. Rings for those are still being made, and a lot easier to find.
Other option that's more or less impractical is a an 118 bcd "RG" drives side crank arm. I have a 36t chainring for that one. Still need to find a matching left arm and a not so big big ring.

I've been adding to the "Arabesque-esque" box for a while. I think I'm close enough to start thinking about paint colors..

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Old 11-09-23, 06:21 PM
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Originally Posted by bark_eater
Other option that's more or less impractical is a an 118 bcd "RG" drives side crank arm. I have a 36t chainring for that one. Still need to find a matching left arm and a not so big big ring..
You're lucky. The 36T ring is the hardest bit to find for those 118 BCD SR Apex cranks. 40T or bigger is much easier: 118 BCD rings

Those cranks often came branded for specific bicycle manufacturers. I've seen Raleigh and Motobecane versions, and I've got a Gazelle-branded set on my (wait for it ... ) Gazelle:

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My new helmet arrived today.

On Oct. 4, I ran over a raccoon while doing laps in Prospect Park. No broken bones and the bike was fine. Minor road rash, but mostly stiff, sore muscles around my shoulder. The month since has been difficult for a variety of reasons, some related, others not. If I hadn't had a helmet on that night, I'm not exactly sure how bad things could've gone. Luckily, I was wearing a helmet, and it did its job perfectly. I went to REI the other week and they had the new version of the helmet (Smith Persist II) but an employee told me Smith was selling the 2022 version, which I'd been wearing when I crashed, for 50% off. $60, and a few days later, here we are! Tonight was my first ride since the crash, it felt good to be back on the bike.

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I had long ago given up on finding one of these for a reasonable price, but this one rolled into view unexpectedly a couple of weeks ago at a price I could get away with.

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Today I was blessed by the arrival of a few rust blooms on a 1973 bike. There are a few folks who think the bike is special, but it is just another bike. So I have gone to a group of metal finish specialists to see what can be done short of waiting for a catastrophic failure. Smiles, MH

Rust bloom #1 about one inch in size.

Rust bloom #2 about 1.5 inch size.

Number three a smaller bit but on some very rudimentary lug work.
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Do CL and FB Marketplace purchases?

I got a pair of gently used SKS fenders for $10 a short 2 miles from home.



Also picked up these bars for $10 and 20 minute drive. They are $25 new on Amazon. I'm happy with the purchase.


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Do CL and FB Marketplace purchases?
Whether they do or don't, it is the way I have built up a useful collection of nice parts over the years. If I see stuff I like for little money, which I may need in the future, I tend to buy it. Worked well for me, so far.
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Saw it. Had to have it.


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Saw it. Had to have it.
That kinda seems to be your M.O. Very nice piece.
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That kinda seems to be your M.O. Very nice piece.
I can say with 100% confidence I will not build a bike around this part, for a change. It will go to a trade for some uber-cool Sheffield pedals.
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Saw it. Had to have it.


That is freaking cool. Nice grab.

I love that “engraved” stuff with the mottled background. Zeus, SunTour etc...
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I can say with 100% confidence I will not build a bike around this part, for a change. It will go to a trade for some uber-cool Sheffield pedals.
When I saw that picture I assumed you were going to wear it.
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Got in some silver bottle cages for the Pacenti bike as well as both orange and turquoise wolf tooth bolts. Planning on using the orange bolts to mount the bottle cages on the bike but have to figure out how to shorten them first. The bike requires short mounting bolts and I've never cut these down before. The orange bolts should compliment the orange decals and logos on the bike.



Updated: And I got the bolts cut and installed. I think the orange was the right choice in this case.

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